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Runway To Real Way: Turkish Delight! Chic Jet-Setting Style for Summer

Whether you’ve actually booked yourself on an exotic escape or plan to go no farther than your back yard, we’ve rounded up some of the best looks for less from the spring runways to create that chic jet-setting style for summer.

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Runway To Real Way: Drop Anchor on the Nautical Trend!

As spring trends start to take shape and pop up on the streets around us, we’re inspired to add our own take on some of the popular trends of the season. One of the freshest finds, as crisp as the warm spring air, is the nautical fashion trend.

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Runway To Real Way: Spring Forward with a Modern Take on Stripes!

Spring has sprung! And despite the gray skies and chilly temps, the calendar tells us that we can now begin to break free of the equally gloomy hues that have been dominating our wardrobes all winter long. Spring runways have been getting us excited for the coming season since way back in September, brimming with the splashy hues and vibrant patterns we can finally set our watches to. Spring forward with a modern take on stripes.

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Runway To Real Way: Pretty In Pleats!

Contrary to what some may say, just because we are in the doldrums of winter, it does not mean we can’t still feel pretty. Though it can seem tough, when we’re burdened down with layer after cumbersome layer, pretty pieces should still be tucked underneath, waiting for a moment to be revealed. And in this ongoing pursuit of pretty, we…

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Runway To Real Way: Crushing On Velvet For More Than Just The Holidays

The holidays are over and we’re about to settle into the long, dark stretch of winter doldrums. And despite the short days and painfully cold nights, now is the best time to dive headfirst into those sumptuous winter fabrics we’ve been saving for just this occasion. And if winter fabrics were a kingdom, then velvet would be queen.

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Runway To Real Way: All That Glitters!

‘Tis the season for silver and gold! The holidays are the best time of year to break out your festive finery and sparkle and shine the whole month through. We handpicked a few of our favorite metallic pieces, ranging from flirty to sophisticated, inspired by the Fall/Winter 2016 runways but budget friendly enough so you can be the shining star of your next festive holiday fete!

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Runway To Real Way: Shack Up with Shearling!

Despite the unseasonal warmth we’ve been experiencing in cities like Chicago and New York this fall, as our beloved Jon Snow likes to say, “Winter is coming.” So to prep our minds, bodies and wardrobes for the impending frost, we’ve started working in warm weather fabrics one accessory and outerwear staple at a time. One of the best go-to fabrics that blends fashion and function is shearling. Designers have a field day with the soft and fuzzy fabrics on fall/winter fabrics and 2016 was no exception. The only down side is that the luxe layer can often be pricey. So we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to work the warmth into your wardrobe without breaking the bank

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Runway To Real Way: It’s Black And White – Fall is Finally Here!

The first nips of fall are in the air! And while the weather may still be confused as to what season it is some days (80 degrees in October!), it’s pretty “black and white” fall fashion has officially arrived. That’s why we saw no better way to usher in the season than by showcasing some of our favorite Fall 2016 runway trends with one of our all time favorite color combos.

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Runway To Real Way: Get Your Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Fix!

There’s no denying it: The summer season is setting and the dawn of fall is here. Those of us in either the Midwest or on the East Coast don’t waste too much time shedding a tear over the end of summer, mostly because we look so forward to the cooler air, warmer drinks and rich, deep colors that start creeping back into our closets. One of the most popular hues associated with fall is of course, orange. Falling leaves, Halloween pumpkins — and of most recent fame — pumpkin spice lattes

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Runway To Real Way: A Rosy Take On Fall 2016

Pastels for Fall? It really is groundbreaking! As Labor Day approaches and fall fashion season hovers on the horizon, many designers ditched the typical jewel tone palette for brighter, lighter options on their fall runways. One of our favorite hues to see in the Fall 2016 collections was dusty rose, a romantic option that lightened the load of heavier fabrics and bulkier cuts. We’ve been on the prowl ever since to find key pieces to incorporate into our own wardrobes this season

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The Perfect Fall Transitional Shoe

It’s hard to believe that September is only a couple of weeks away! Nobody wants to think about it, but it is time to face the facts – fall is just around the corner. One thing that always throws me for a loop is transitional clothing and footwear. I know I am not alone. When it comes to footwear, I’m not ready for boots but sandals are out! So the mule, slipper shoe or closed-toe slide is the perfect choice

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The Transitional Piece You MUST Buy Now!

This is one trend you can buy now and wear now and later. The pullover hoodie is going to be HUGE for fall! Now before you go through your closet and dig out your old college (or gawd forbid sorority) sweatshirt or steal one from your daughter, these are plain and have NO WORDS!

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Bag To Carry Now And Later: The Striped Bag

Who can resist the Jackie O striped Gucci bag? Apparently nobody because the style keeps coming back. I so wish I had not killed my vintage one (via my mother) in the late 90’s. Anyway, the style of the striped bag with its simple yet statement-making vertical center stripes has influenced the design of a considerable amount of bags this upcoming fall which is evidenced below. How to wear the striped bag? I love it with a crisp white menswear inspired shirt to make the bag stand out. Come winter, try a fisherman’s sweater. Pair either top with a pencil skirt or your favorite worn jeans. It will pop beautifully.

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Bag Trends: The Slouchy Tote

Forget structure. One bag style you can buy now and carry into the fall is the slouchy bag. It can be a tote, hobo or shoulder bag and made of leather or suede (for that extra slouch factor)…but it must just lose its shape when you set it down. The good news is, slouchy bags tend to be lighter and more comfortable to carry

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Denim Trend: Hardly Distressed Jeans

As any woman in her 40’s or mother will tell you, we like a minimum amount of stress. Even when it comes to our jeans. We know the trend for the millennials are jeans that are distressed and ripped beyond recognition and we just don’t feel right in them. We want to look cool, but not THAT cool

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